Levitt Staff Picks: 2015 Oscar Winners!

Oscar Picks!

Here at Levitt Pavilions, we aren’t just music fans—we love movies too! And we couldn’t wait until this Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards to see who wins, so we conducted a little office-wide vote of our own. Here are our Oscar picks for this year’s major categories, including Best Picture, Best Original Song, Best Director and more!

Best Picture

SelmaAmerican Sniper
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

Even though there were multiple incredible movies this year, we voted for Selma, Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic, for its powerful depiction of what went on behind the scenes to organize the 1965 marches from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.

Actor — in a Leading Role

Best ActorSteve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

It’s a tie! We couldn’t choose between Brits Cumberbatch and Redmayne for their equally moving performances as World War II cryptanalyst Alan Turing and theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, respectively.


Actress — in a Leading Role

Still AliceMarion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

We unanimously chose critical darling Moore for her nuanced portrayal of a linguistic professor struggling with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in Still Alice.


Actor — in a Supporting Role

WhiplashRobert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

He’s quite our tempo! Though we certainly wouldn’t want to cross him in character, we loved Simmons in Whiplash as fearsome jazz instructor Terrence Fletcher.


Actress — in a Supporting Role

BoyhoodPatricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

By overwhelming majority, we picked Arquette for her complex, 12 year portrayal of single mom Olivia Evans in Boyhood.


Directing

Best DirectorAlejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

Another tie! We loved Linklater’s groundbreaking feat of writing and filming Boyhood with the same actors over 12 years as well as Iñárritu’s incredible work making an entire film look like a single shot in Birdman.


Music — Original Score

The Theory of EverythingAlexandre Desplat, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar
Gary Yershon, Mr. Turner
Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory of Everything

We loved Jóhannsson’s airy score, which moved us through every stage of Stephen Hawking’s life.

Music — Original Song

Selma“Everything is Awesome,” The Lego Movie
“Glory,” Selma
“Grateful,” Beyond the Lights
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Lost Stars,” Begin Again

Perfect for the end of the film, we chose John Legend and Common’s gospel-rap blend that pays homage to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.

Do you agree with our picks? Let us know who you want to win!

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